I have to put some academic papers at the end of a document, but only include a subset of their pages (due to the page limitations in our project). Now, I would like to mark each included page with the original page number of the PDF paper I'm including.

Here is my MWE to illustrate the question.



\includepdf[pages={1-2,4},picturecommand={\put(30,30){\makebox{Lorem Ipsum p. XX}}}]{lorem.pdf}


I created a second PDF called lorem.pdf by just typesetting:



which creates a 4-page document lorem.pdf. Now, when I include only parts of the paper, namely pages 1, 2, and 4, I would like to fill in these numbers in the 'picturecommand' text instead of XX. Is there a way to reference that number there?

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    Just in general: I recommend to use article instead of the minimal class, even for minimal documents. minimal is more a code example than a real class and has no real benefit, but can cause some issues because not all normal things are set. Apr 13, 2012 at 18:29
  • Why not do pagecommand={\thispagestyle{plain}} and let the included pdf show its own page number? (instead of picturecommand)
    – Ariel
    Apr 13, 2012 at 18:54

1 Answer 1


Assuming that your input document (lorem.pdf) has no pages numbers and that the page numbers specified by the key-value pages={1-2,4} are the actual page numbers in the source document, the macro \AM@page contains the value you're after:

\usepackage{pdfpages}% http://ctan.org/pkg/pdfpages
   picturecommand={\put(30,30){\makebox{Lorem Ipsum p.\ \AM@page}}}]

The above MWE prints

Lorem Ipsum p. 1
Lorem Ipsum p. 2
Lorem Ipsum p. 4

in the lower-left corner.

If the above conditions are not met, then it would be possible to temporarily modify \AM@page to be a certain shift from the given values.

  • hmph that's simpler than mine, I'll delete Apr 13, 2012 at 19:19
  • yes, the conditions were exactly as you stated. Thanks!
    – Linda
    Apr 13, 2012 at 19:23

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